In the late 50’s, New York’s Washington Square was a place of rebellion, described by Simone de Beauvoir as “A cosmopolitan chorus of tourists, ‘intellectuals’, students and a dubious collection of beatniks, hippies and bohemians who gather while in the dimly lit night clubs and coffee houses, blues and folk singers perform.”
As a young man, Dave Heath, created deeply expressive, candid portraits of the young people who populated the square, as well as venturing into the 7 Arts Coffee Gallery, where the infamous Beat poets: Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Jack Kerouac, spent their nights giving readings of their latest works such as Ginsberg’s influential poem Howl, which is included as an introduction to the book.
Dave Heath, Washington Square
Published by Stanley Barker
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